So I want to build a tire carrier for my spare, what tickness should the steel be? I'm just tired of having the spare tire seat on the back of my jeep taking most of the space. I would go out and buy one, but I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment and it seems like something fun.I found some 2x3x20' 1/8 thick rectangular tubing at a local steel yard for $53 or 3/16 for $73. Would 1/8 be ok to hold a 35" tire and alloy wheel? Its going to be 2x3 all around. Any input would be appreciated.
06-05-2013 09:32 PM
1/8 is pretty thin, especially for a 35. For most of the builds I do on all my fabrications I use at least 3/16 steel. I've made quite a few tire carriers for friends jeeps and I've had good luck with 2x2 square tubing, like what you would make hitch receivers out of. Just my opinion but spend the extra money and get good steel for your build
06-06-2013 08:31 AM
if you brace and weld it right 1/8" probably would work OK. but it would end up just as heavy and expensive as if you were using 3/16", because you would need more material to make up the strength, and more time consuming. Id use the 3/16", then it doesn't look as bulky and its plenty strong.
06-06-2013 01:26 PM
I ended up buying 2x2 3/16 thick. It was only a few bucks more and it looks more better. Thabks for the input.